Christmas Candlelightings in historic Roscoe Village setCOSHOCTON -- Guests visiting Roscoe Village on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, will have the opportunity to experience a truly old-fashioned Christmas through horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, strolling carolers, complimentary hot-mulled cider, cookies, Christmas Candlelighting tours, luminaries, and visits with Santa.On Dec. 4, Neil Zurcher will serve as the honorary candlelighter. As a professional journalist, Zurcher has worked in television, newspapers, magazines and radio for over a half-century. He has logged more than a million miles on Ohio's roads over 25 years as a television travel reporter. He was the original host of the "One Tank Trips" travel report, which aired on Fox 8 Television in Cleveland and has since been imitated in other television markets throughout the United States. Zurcher received the Distinguished Service award from the Society of Professional Journalism and the Silver Circle award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also received an Emmy, the Award for Excellence, in Broadcasting from the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters and has been inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and received their "Living Legacy" award in 2007. For many years, Zurcher wrote a column for AAA Ohio Motorist magazine and now writes regularly for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has written five books about Ohio, including Ohio Oddities and Strange Tales from Ohio. At candlelightings each year, visitors are provided a candle upon arrival at the ceremony and surround the main stage in the center of the village to listen to guest choirs sing carols, hear a Christmas story, and participate in the lighting of their candle. When it comes time to light the candles, the Honorary Candlelighter lights his or her candle from the main candle on stage then passes the flame through the crowd as each guest joins in the singing of Silent Night" until everyone's candle is glowing. The candlelighting ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, and are free to the public.For information on Christmas Candlelightings, call (740) 622-9310 or 800-877-1830 or visit Featured in Neil Zurcher's One Tank Trips, Roscoe Village is a 19th century living history community depicting life in Ohio's Canal Era. The village is located on Routes 16 and 83 near the junction of Route 36 in east-central Ohio.